1. photo

    photo

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  2. The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
    – Stephen Jay Gould (via laboratoryequipment)

    (via dendroica)

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  3. dendroica:

Common Mullein (by Dendroica cerulea)

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    Common Mullein (by Dendroica cerulea)

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  4. When a language disappears, a lot is lost.A language is a repository of cultural wealth. Each language is a way of understanding and interpreting the world.

    It carries the wealth of tradition in history, oral history, which can be extremely rich. Take the Bible, for example. For thousands years, that was oral history, before anything was written down. Homer is oral history.

    And that’s all over the world. And we’re losing those treasures every time a language disappears.

    And for the people themselves, they’re losing their identity. If English disappeared, we would lose our cultural identity, and the same is true if it’s a small group somewhere.

    – Noam Chomsky  (via noam-chomsky)

    (via probablyasocialecologist)

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  5. avianeurope:

Smew (Mergellus albellus) »by stoplamek

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    Smew (Mergellus albellus) »by stoplamek

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  6. Being forced to confront the prospect of failure head-on - to study it, dissect it, tease apart all its components and consequences - really works. After a few years of doing that pretty much daily, you’ve forged the strongest possible armor to defend against fear: hard-won competence.
    Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (via whats-out-there)

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  7. rhamphotheca:

The cock-eyed squid, Histioteuthis heteropsis, gets its name from the different sized eyes it has. It is thought that the larger eye is specialized to detect bioluminescence. The spots all over the squid’s skin are photophores - or light organs - perhaps used to mask its silhouette from predators and prey.
You can download more free wallpapers like this from the Monterey Bay Aquarium: here 
(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

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    The cock-eyed squid, Histioteuthis heteropsis, gets its name from the different sized eyes it has. It is thought that the larger eye is specialized to detect bioluminescence. The spots all over the squid’s skin are photophores - or light organs - perhaps used to mask its silhouette from predators and prey.

    You can download more free wallpapers like this from the Monterey Bay Aquarium: here

    (via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

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  8. I don’t get out of bed every morning thinking, “Will I find extraterrestrial intelligence today?” But I do think every day, “How can I improve the search?”

    Astronomer Jill Tarter, who inspired Jodie Foster’s character in the film based on Carl Sagan’s Contact, on the search for extraterrestrial life and the importance of playing the long game – so much wisdom that applies to just about every aspect of life.

    (via explore-blog)

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